October 4, 2002

UIC Escapes With Five-Game Win Over Butler

Oct. 4, 2002

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CHICAGO -- UIC overcame a 2-1 deficit to capture a five-game win over the Butler volleyball team on Friday at the Flames Athletic Center. The win boosts the Flames record to 13-5 overall and 1-1 in Horizon League action, while the Bulldogs drop to 8-11 and 1-2 in league play.

After pulling out a 30-28 win in game one, the Bulldogs looked as though they might cruise to a game two victory as well, leading 18-12 heading into the homestretch. But, the Flames battled back behind the hot hitting hand of Teaha Sheppard, to notch the 30-26 win.

The Bulldogs held off another UIC comeback in game three, taking the 30-26 win, but the Flames bounced back and used a .342 hitting efficiency in game four en route to winning 30-22.

In the decisive fifth game, UIC took a seemingly commanding lead, as Sarah Lang's ace put the Flames up 7-3. A Kristi Herrington solo block followed by a Megan Hoffman ace propelled UIC to a 12-5 advantage. The Bulldogs weren't ready to give in, though, as a pair of kills by Keely Norris pulled Butler to within 13-11. Sheppard's cross court kill stopped the Bulldogs' momentum and gave the Flames match point. Norris added another kill to again bring Butler to within two, but Sheppard's shot down the right side line sealed the win for UIC.

"There were a lot of momentum swings in the match," said head coach Sharon Clark. "We had our opportunity to close out the match early, but we let UIC back in the door, which we just cannot afford to do against such good teams."

Keely Norris led the Bulldogs with a season-high 23 kills, while hitting .533. Kali Carter added a double-double of 13 kills and 16 digs, and Amanda Matthews dished out 56 assists to go along with her 18 kills. Sophomore libero Kamy Peters led all players with 22 digs.

UIC, which finished with 14 team blocks, hit .207 on the match compared to Butler's .177 clip. Shepperd led the Flames with a double-double of 19 kills and 17 digs. Lara Clarkson also posted a double-double for UIC, with 13 kills and 16 digs, while Megan Keck added 43 assists.

Butler will take on Loyola, which holds a perfect 2-0 mark in Horizon League action, on Saturday (Oct. 5) at Alumni Gym. Match time is slated for 3 p.m.